which software do you use to remove usb ?

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi
    i'm running w7 and xp

    i guess the built in usb remover is enough for usb stick

    but for hard drive , printers , scanners or usb reader

    which program do you use free or paid?

    USB Safely Remove is nice , but it's not free , well i don't know if it worth about 20$


    thanks
    cheers
     
  2. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    The built usb remove function is fine for USB hard drives.

    For the other devices you mention you can just unplug them.

    However for what it's worth I usually just unplug any USB device - probably not the best thing to do though.
     
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    I second the built-in one, for USB thumb drives, hard drives. I see no point using third party for that. I also agree those other devices can just be unplugged.
     
  4. Sully

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    I use built in one.

    USB has always been flaky to me. Each port must recognize/register the device. Sometimes it quites working in one port, so you put it in another. Eventually it is possible to have device no longer working in any port. (back when you only had 2-4 ports, now they have lots of usb ports on mobos)

    It is not a problem if you pull a usb device out and have issues. Well, if the issue is corrupted data, that is a problem. But if you pull it out, then next time put it in, and it no longer works, you can use device manager to view devices not present and uninstall them. You have to know what the device is, and sometimes it takes a little sleuthing, but almost every time I have had an issue, I have uninstalled the device, then the next time I plug it in, it goes through the process of recognizing and installing it again and it works.

    Just a little FYI.

    Sul.
     
  5. Night_Raven

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    Safely Remove Hardware is required only when dealing with USB storage type devices that use the NTFS or one of the the Linux/Mac file systems. If a drive is FAT16/32 formated, then one can just unplug it.
    I also consider the built-in feature to be enough for... maybe 99% of the users. Third party tools might have some useful features for hardcore USB storage users but for the average user it's unnecessary. Especially when there is a price tag.
     
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    either the built in one or just unplug it. just wait for it be totally inactive. i have NEVER ONCE had a issue of just unplugging the drive. as long as you make sure there is no activity.
     
  7. x942

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    I second that. I just unplug after the light is no longer flashing. Never had any issue on Win, Mac, or linux.
     
  8. axial

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    Nir Sofer has a freeware USBDeview. I've not used it, but have used several of his other utilities.

    There's an interesting comment in the 1.92 version history concerning a difference in the way XP vs. Vista/ Win7 "doesn't turn off the USB device when you disable or 'Safely Remove' the device".


    http://nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

    >> USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that currently connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used.
    For each USB device, extended information is displayed: Device name/description, device type, serial number (for mass storage devices), the date/time that device was added, VendorID, ProductID, and more...
    USBDeview also allows you to uninstall USB devices that you previously used, disconnect USB devices that are currently connected to your computer, as well as to disable and enable USB devices.
    You can also use USBDeview on a remote computer, as long as you login to that computer with admin user. <<
     
  9. PJC

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    Never felt using anything different from the built-in one...:cool:
     
  10. J_L

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    What's the point? Using my hands when all activity ceased caused no issues whatsoever with the devices.
     
  11. roger_m

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    Under XP I have had issues wth unplugging a USB harddrive without removing it first - sometimes I've got Windows messages about delayed write failures - there was data that Windows hadn't written to the drive yet. However under Vista and 7 I've had no such issues.
     
  12. axial

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    Another great source of great info and utils for all things USB is Uwe Sieber. He has several free USB removal and management tools. I've used many of them over the years, particularly his USB Drive Letter Manager.

    http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbstick_e.html
     
  13. Technical

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    Just a side note.
    NirSoft USBDeview is a very powerful tool.
    It's not a toy.
    Take care. If you mess your USB settings you'll be in trouble.
     
  14. sweater

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    In the past I have this kind of software, but when I noticed that it ates ram memory and its functionality are not that different from my operating system's ability then I just decided to get rid of it and be content w/ what my pc can naturally do. ;) ....same thing with USB Disk Security....I've removed it...looks cool and pricey...but it also eats up ram memory ...so removed this thing also on my pc. It just do the same thing what my real antivirus can accomplish, so why bother with it. o_O :blink:
     
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    This may be caused 99% of the times when:
    1) Your USB port is not clean (dust, etc...)
    2) Your USB stick is not clean (dust,etc...)
    3) The USB stick was accidentally moved (even just a little poke) from the USB port
    4) The USB port is not installed correctly or the connections might be damaged, causing writing/reading failures
     
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    I don't use anything ... simply put and draw out the USB. Any conflicts, any problems ... any additional programs - Idon't see any reason to install it.
     
  17. Adric

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    This can also be achieved by changing "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Tmp-Sys\ControlSet001\Services\usbhub\HubG"
    DisableOnSoftRemove from 0 to 1

    Al
     
  18. mantra

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    nice find :thumb:
    thanks Adric
     
  19. mantra

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    by the way is portable could be handyEjectUSB V1.6
     
  20. roger_m

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    All good points, but I don;t think they apply for my situation. I don't get delayed write failures at random under XP, just when I pull out a USB device without telling Windows to remove it first. Delaying writes to a device increases performance, but as in the above scenario can give problems. It would seem that Vista and 7 write data immediately to USB to devices to avoid such cases.
     
  21. mantra

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    it could be an issue with an external hard drive
    maybe for example not a new model
     
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